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"...thousands of dark-grey and black moths, some nearly as big as your hand"[1]

Moths were nocturnal insects of a kind closely related to butterflies. Bilbo Baggins found them fluttering at nightfall on his first visit to Rivendell.[2] Curiously, they are also mentioned as dwelling in Mirkwood, where the moths were black or dark grey, and grew to a huge size.[1]


In Gnomish, one of Tolkien's early conceptions of an Elven language, the word for "moth" is fufril.[3]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Flies and Spiders"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "A Short Rest"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 36